Dancing in the Water of Life
The sixties were a time of restlessness, inner turmoil, and exuberance for Merton during which he closely followed the careening development of political and social activism – Martin Luther King, Jr., and the March on Selma, the Catholic Worker Movement, the Vietnam war, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Volume 5 chronicles the approach of Merton’s fiftieth birthday and marks his move to Mount Olivet, his hermitage at the Abbey of Gethsemani, where he was finally able to fully embrace the joys and challenges of solitary life: ‘In the hermitage, one must pray of go to seed. The pretense of prayer will not suffice. Just sitting will not suffice . . . Solitude puts you with your back to the wall (or your face to it!), and this is good’ (13 October, 1964).
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DANCING IN THE WATER OF LIFE: The Journals of Thomas Merton, Vol. V: 1963-1965User Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
In this volume of previously unpublished writings (the fifth installment of his journals), Merton speaks of his new life as a hermit and his reactions to contemporary upheavals in the Catholic Church ... Read full review
Dancing in the water of life: seeking peace in the hermitageUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This fifth of seven projected volumes of the journals of Thomas Merton (A Search for Solitude, LJ 5/1/96) covers a turbulent period in American history. At the same time, this was a period of radical ... Read full review